Judge June Berry Darensburg is now the first black woman to serve as a Judicial District Court Chief Judge in the Jefferson parish of New Orleans. She is also the first African American woman to be elected to the district court. Darensburg is the 24th judge of the court and will sit for a two-year term. She will replace Judge John Molaison on the 16-member bench.
June Darensburg graduated from Grace King High School in Metairie in 1980. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Xavier in 1985. She started her career as a pharmacist before moving to law, beginning with a position at the public defender’s office. Darensburg is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law.
On April 1, 2006, Judge Darensburg was elected judge to the 24th Judicial District Court, Division C, for Jefferson Parish, becoming the first black woman to hold the honorable position. She was re-elected without opposition for another term.
Chief judges elected to the District Court aren’t given anything extra in their paychecks for their appointment. They do, however, become the media’s ‘go-to’ for interviews and work closely with law enforcement. One of the court’s major challenges has been when inmates seek reviews of their cases without an attorney.